Simple Miso Soup Recipe

In America, many people's encounters with miso soup likely happen by way of Japanese restaurants. Maybe you get it as a side with your sushi roll lunch special, or enjoy a steaming bowl of it before feasting on some yakitori. However you've come across it, it's hard to deny that while there are a lot of ways to use miso, one of the most popular ones is to create miso soup. It's easy to see why — miso soup is light yet comforting; simple yet complex. It's customizable, often vegetarian, and it's full of satisfying umami flavor.

Feeling hungry yet? Good news: it's not actually that challenging to put together a big pot of miso soup in your own home kitchen. Recipe developer and wellness coach Miriam Hahn's miso soup recipe only requires one pot and a handful of ingredients. It has that classic miso soup flavor you know and love, and serves as a more substantial meal than your average sushi bar side thanks to the addition of hearty shiitake mushrooms and cubes of extra firm tofu.

Gather the ingredients and prep the tofu

Miso soup is a simple dish, but it does require a bit of prep before you turn the stove on. Once you gather your ingredients — white miso, vegetable broth, scallions, shiitake mushrooms, extra firm tofu, soy sauce, and powdered ginger — the first thing to do is press the tofu. Put it in a bowl or plate, cover it in paper towels, and put heavy objects on top.

"Since tofu is packed in water, I like to drain and press it so that it is firmer in the soup. If you don't press it, it will be a little soggy," Hahn explains. She also clarifies that there are "some tofu brands that are not packed in water," such as the kind labeled "super firm" at Trader Joe's, which don't need pressing.

While you wait for the tofu to press, slice up the scallions and prepare the mushrooms by removing their stems and giving them a good chop. "I like using shiitake mushrooms for this because they have a more intense flavor than other mushrooms and are very hardy," Hahn says. "But you can definitely use any other type of mushrooms!"

Boil your broth and dissolve your miso

It's time to get out your soup pot! Pour your broth in there, turn on the heat, and let it come to a boil. As that's heating up, remove your pressed and drained tofu from its bowl and cut it into cubes. 

Once the broth reaches a boil, use a ladle or large spoon to transfer about a cup of broth to a small bowl. Put the white miso in that smaller amount of broth and let it dissolve. "In all of my recipes that use miso, I always use white," says Hahn, adding that "the red miso is saltier and a little more pungent and kind of takes over the flavor of the soup." Of course, if you like a stronger flavor, you could give red miso a try!

Assemble the soup

Adjust the stove's heat to medium-high and add the mushrooms to the pot. About five minutes later, turn the heat to a simmer and put in the soy sauce, ginger, scallions, and cup of miso-filled broth. All that's left is just five more minutes of simmering.

Time to serve your miso soup

Once your soup is done simmering, it's time to serve it up. "This miso soup is perfect for a light lunch," Hahn says. "If I'm serving it for dinner, I like to add rice and a big green salad. Because it has the tofu, it is a perfect balance of protein, fat and fiber."

This soup recipe makes six servings, but if you're not going to feed that many people at once, it's easy to store whatever you have left over. Per Hahn, "Leftovers will be great for up to 5 days if you store it in a sealed container in the fridge." Now, the next time you have a hankering for Japanese takeout, you'll be able to supply your own miso soup.

Simple Miso Soup Recipe
4.9 from 36 ratings
There's nothing like enjoying a warm bowl of miso soup at a restaurant, but with this simple miso soup recipe, you can enjoy it right in your own home!
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
6
servings
two bowls of miso soup
Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 package (12 ounces) extra firm tofu
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
Directions
  1. Take the tofu out of the package and place it in a shallow bowl. Layer a paper towel on top, then a flat plate, then something heavy like a cast-iron skillet. This will press the excess water out of the tofu. Let it sit for 15 minutes. When it is done, drain the water it is sitting in and chop it into cubes.
  2. Pour the broth in a soup pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and slice. Chop the scallions.
  4. Once the broth is boiling, ladle out about 1 cup and put it in a small bowl. Add the miso and stir until it is dissolved.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the pot and cook on medium high for 5 minutes.
  6. Lower the heat to a simmer. Add the dissolved miso paste, soy sauce, ginger and scallions. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Once the soup has simmered, you're ready to serve and enjoy.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 123
Total Fat 5.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Total Sugars 1.8 g
Sodium 616.1 mg
Protein 11.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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